Brown Bag It Recipes—Cooking in a Brown Paper Bag

A few days ago I was sleuthing around over at 100 Days of Real Food and read her article on different whole food snack ideas. In this list was popcorn with a link on how to cook it in a paper bag. I tried it. It worked wonderfully, and I’ve been eating way too much popcorn this week. But I know exactly what is in it. I just melt a little butter and throw in some salt, and shake, shake, shake, senora! and voila—delicious, fresh popcorn, radiated right here in my very own home. Gotta love technology.

Then somewhere else along the way I stumbled across the fact that you can microwave a potato in a brown paper bag to have you a 5-minute baked potato. Works like a charm!

So then this post was born. Enjoy these great “en papillote” recipes.

{en papillote (ahn pah-pee-yoa or ohn pa-pee-YOTE) – A French word meaning “in a paper bag.” En papilotte is a cooking process that cooks foods in their own juices in a bag (sealing foods to cook in their own juices, rather than adding water as in steaming, re-enforces flavors rather than diluting them). Traditionally the food is enclosed with parchment paper, but today is also cooked enclosed in aluminum-foil bags. Pastry is also used in the same way, such as pasties. The bag is slit open tableside so that the diner can enjoy the escaping aroma.}

How to Microwave Gourmet Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

How to Cook bacon and eggs in a paper bag

How to Bake a Potato in a Brown Paper Bag (IN THE OVEN)


Steamed Asparagus in Paper Bag (OVEN)

Apple Pie in a Brown Paper Bag (OVEN)

Kidd’s Famous Brown Bag Turkey Recipe (OVEN)

Do you have a “en papillote” recipe to add? I would love to increase my skills.

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Homemade Pizza, Sauce, and Breadsticks

I can’t take credit for any of these recipes, but that’s okay. I’ll leave the hard work to someone else. Eating is the fun part!

I have used all of these recipes multiple times and they are all excellent. Read through the reviews and tweak as you see fit. I make them all as is, and we are not disappointed.

These are supposed to be Pizza Hut “copycat” recipes. Better than Pizza Hut and much, much less expensive. Not to mention the service around here is stellar! (Too many carbs? Try this pizza intead.)

Pizza Dough — — I would either increase the flour to 4 cups or make sure you knead in an additional 1 cup, because the dough will be sticky if you don’t.

Breadsticks — — two bread machines would come in handy here : )

Pizza Sauce — You’ll want to make a double batch, so you’ll have sauce for the breadsticks.

Want to make it more exciting? Let your little munchkin help. Make memories in the kitchen.

What’s For Dinner: Buffalo Chicken, Avocado Salsa, and Cucumber Slices

Hands down, this is my husband’s favorite meal. And it’s healthy. He enjoyed the various textures and temperatures of this dish.

Buffalo Chicken

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts (can use thighs—keep in mind that in recipe land “1 breast” is usually about 4 ounces. So sometimes one chicken breast is actually two. Just cut it in half length-wise down the side. )
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup frank’s hot sauce (we don’t have Frank’s here so I used Louisiana Hot Sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Here is the original recipe. The only thing I changed was the way I cooked it. Instead of baking it, I used my electric skillet. Worked out great!

  1. Preheat electric skillet to 350°F.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Sauté in oil til browned.
  4. Beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until very smooth, then beat in Ranch dressing and hot sauce. (This is the only way to avoid small lumps of cream cheese). Stir in shredded cheese.
  5. Spread over chicken.
  6. Cook chicken at 350°F for approximately 20-25 minutes.

Avocado Salsa

  • 1 cup chopped plum tomato (about 2)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 avocado, peeled and finely chopped

Recipe is found here. It’s served with a Cilantro-Lime Chicken. Yummy!

Directions: Cut everything up, and toss it! I also added about 1 Tblspn of olive oil over the mix. The only advice I have is that you might want to double this. My husband ate the whole thing by himself. Which is fine. I don’t like avocadoes or tomatoes.

Cucumber Slices

  • Just take two cucumbers, slice them, and salt and pepper them.

Dinner is served! Make sure to bless your food.